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Cuomo Overlooks Controversial Reform to New Cashless Bail System

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Opponents of a new law limiting the use of cash bail in New York who were hoping Governor Cuomo would layout proposed changes to the new cashless bail system in his State of the State address were left disappointed.




On Monday, Governor Cuomo acknowledged the new law needed to be modified. The controversial law eliminates cash bail for misdemeanors and non-violent felonies.

Hours before Cuomo's speech Wednesday, Republican Cortland County District Attorney Patrick Perfetti released to the public the names and photos of three men, the first defendants released under the new law.

“This new bail statute, hastily and irresponsibly enacted by the State Legislature and Governor Cuomo, has stripped away from judges their traditional discretionary considerations of ties to the community or threat to public safety."

Two of the men live out of state, Pennsylvania and Florida. Perfetti said with no ties to the community, his office believes they are likely to flee the area and taxpayers would pay to extradite them to face trial. 

The third defendant is a convicted violent sex offender arrested for failing to register in the state's sex offender registry.

“This is an individual whose release from prison was conditioned upon complying with registration requirements. Without the ability to detain such an individual, there is no consequence for avoiding monitoring and public safety is at risk from a proven violent sex offender,” said Perfetti.

Perfetti met with state legislative leaders this week, urging them for swift reforms.